Ministry of Agriculture Prepares For Sea Moss Fiesta

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by Neval Auguste

In an effort to strengthen Saint Lucia’s food security and improve nutrition within the country, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food Security and Rural Development is spearheading several food festivals aimed at encouraging local production and the consumption of healthy food.

One of the activities that forms part of the initiative is the 2022 Sea Moss Fiesta, scheduled for Oct. 16 at the Fond d’Or National Park. The activity is open to all interested parties who wish to showcase their creativity and market sea moss products to the public.

Communications Officer, Mr. Philip Sydney of the Ministry of Agriculture provided details on the activity.

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“You will be surprised to see the various derivatives from sea moss,” he said. “The school children are going to be there, and there will be a competition among the schools, if all goes well. There will also be a sea moss recipe book because we want to showcase the participants’ signature products, and hopefully that book will be available on the day.”

The Sea Moss Fiesta is the fourth activity of its kind to be recently hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture. It was preceded by the Mango Festival, the Banana Festival and the Breadfruit and Breadnut Festival.

Source: Government Information Service

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9 COMMENTS

  1. @Economist – surely you are NOT an economist. In pricing a commodity, so much has to go into the making of the product for a decent price to the consumer. I would surely BUY the local chocolate knowing that what I am “consuming” is far more healthy than the imported commodity!! Also, if WE purchase more and more of that product, the cost will eventually go down. It may take a few years, but the cost will go down. Also, if the Caribbean islands were ONE COUNTRY …. YOU would not even think twice of buying local. Do the math @Economist!!

  2. I realized that imported products are cheaper than the locally made ones. It should be vice versa if St. Lucian want to sell their local products, that’s what develop countries do.

    • @lucilla … imported products SEEM cheaper because they are MASS PRODUCED. Compare what we can produce against them. It will only be a drop in the bucket. Also, please take into consideration …. most times, we get the shitty end of the stick in “quality products”; in short, we get the dregs of those “imported products which are cheaper”!

  3. you know one thing i realize is that saint lucians dont really support local. there will be some people talking about why dont this and that be done in agriculture but honestly there are so many little things people actually do. When they have these types of settings its just a hand full of people who come. i am really surprised the amount of local products we have that just dont get the recognition they deserve especially at the supermarkets.

    • Most times we cannot afford to support local. Recently I saw some locally crafted chocolate at the supermarket. Was all excited to support. When I saw the price it was at least 3 times the price of a comparable imported product. Sorry I’m not going to go broke to support local.

      • The local product is worth the price: It synonymous to hand crafted furniture. They are unique. So much more time is spent to produce them unlike imported products which are mass produced. We must support local by any means necessary in order to improve our independence.

      • The local product is worth the price: It synonymous to hand crafted furniture. They are unique. So much more time is spent to produce them unlike imported products which are mass produced. We must support local by any means necessary in order to improve our independence.

      • @ Say. Again, I am not going to go broke to support local. I was willing to pay a small premium but not 300%. If I am paying 3x the price it better be 3x better. I am not going to support local by any means necessary. If they give a good value proposition then I will put them first in every situation. If, however, they provide garbage products and expect locals to buy just because, they better come again.

      • @Economist – surely you are NOT an economist. In pricing a commodity, so much has to go into the making of the product for a decent price to the consumer. I would surely BUY the local chocolate knowing that what I am “consuming” is far more healthy than the imported commodity!! Also, if WE purchase more and more of that product, the cost will eventually go down. It may take a few years, but the cost will go down. Also, if the Caribbean islands were ONE COUNTRY …. YOU would not even think twice of buying local. Do the math @Economist!!

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